I often weep at this government's demonstrations of its apparent complete misunderstanding of the trials that currently assail society and the planet and today's announcement is no exception. Sob . On the one hand they make capital out of having the most stringent carbon reduction targets and then go and give the green light to concreting over another swathe of West London in order to build another bloody runway, encouraging goodness knows what. Tourists, presumably as surely business is all done by the wireless interpipes now, isn't it? Wasn't that what it was meant to make easier apart from access to Russian granny pr0n? So, yes it's tourism. You can all travel to more remote destinations to gawp at how "poor" people (who were considerably more enriched before our arrival) live, encourage their "growth" and thereby just perpetuate the problem. At least you will be able to do it more quietly than you were able to before. I will remain steadfastly confused. You could go Scunthorpe, the exchange rate is better.
However, as is always the case in these situations, some self-serving prat provides the entertainment. In this case it's a resident of the village of Sipson
, which will be flattened in the name of progress. Step forward local wife and mum, Tracey, who moved to Sipson for the improved quality of life. Yes, if I want to improve the quality of my life, I move within a few hundred yards of one of the world's busiest airports on the edge of one of the world's biggest cities where houseprices are considerably more expensive than say, a small rural town surrounded by fields and birdsong. She then goes on to say something so thoughtless, trite and inane that my immediate thought is to hi-jack a cement pump and start the project in her living room right now. It really only goes to prove that Londoners imagine this island begins and ends at the M25:
"We have been here for 12 years and all of a sudden Gordon Brown wants to change our way of living. For me, the only option now is to leave the country, maybe for New Zealand or Canada." Or Kabul.
Will you be flying?
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